Do you sense a call to ministry and wonder how you can receive the training needed to get started?
Or maybe you’ve heard of places to be trained for ministry but cannot afford the high tuition costs of traditional colleges or cannot move across the country to attend classes.
The Ministry Apprentice Program, commonly known as MAP, is for High School graduates and older and will consider the following people:
- Those called to Full Time ministry and desiring to commit to 2 years of training.
- Those not called to Full Time ministry but desiring to enroll for 1 year of discipleship to get grounded in their faith before pursuing other paths.
Those unsure what they’re supposed to do but desiring to enroll for 1 year of discipleship hoping to find direction of what God has for them while in the program.
Ministry Apprentice Program (MAP)
The Cornerstone Chapel Ministry Apprentice Program (MAP) is designed to be a flexible, comprehensive program to initiate or continue to train those who believe that God has called them into a fuller manifestation of a ministry paradigm. This may include:
1. Work place minister
2. Licensed pastor
3. Church planter
4. Ministry leader
In order to create the most wide-ranging and yet flexible program, each apprentice will take part in the following three components of the program:
1. Biblical training 4.5 hours per week (3x 30minute individual study time online + 2 hour group meeting)
2. Accountability with a mentor 1 hour per week
3. Focused ministry experience 9.5 hours per week
Total 15 hours per week
How does the Program work?
This program is designed to work around the scheduling needs of each apprentice and requires individual, online study time, one regular weekly meeting (2 hrs) with the program pastor and other apprentices, one weekly meeting or telephone conversation with the mentor, and flexible time for the apprentice to work within their specific ministry focus area (weekday and Wednesdays or Sundays). The entire cost for the program would include $600 ($300 per year on a payment schedule) and any additional costs incurred to participate in the specific ministry area (i.e. missions trips, conferences, etc.).
The Ministry Apprentice Program is a cooperative relationship between the student and the church. The student agrees to volunteer their time at the church for the duration of their stay in the program. The apprentices are not compensated monetarily for their time. The church is agreeing to make room for the student and assist in the process of training, educating, credentialing, and equipping the student’s call to ministry.
What Bible School Curriculum do we use?
We have partnered with the International School of Ministry (ISOM). ISOM is a Pentecostal college level curriculum on DVD format. It is taught by respected Christian leaders and works well for our program. The curriculum consists of 6 trimesters for a total of 192 total hours.
Accountability with a Mentor
Each apprentice will be assigned a mentor by the program pastor. Each mentor/ apprentice team will agree to talk once a week and meet at least monthly to discuss personal growth and discipleship issues and to discuss the apprentices’ progress in the program. Each mentor will report regularly to the program pastor any areas of specific concern or praise regarding the apprentice. untability with a Mentor.
Focused Ministry Experience
As each apprentice prayerfully considers the specific nature of their calling (i.e. youth ministry, communications, children’s ministry, adult discipleship, etc.) they will work with the program pastor to create a specific focus of practical ministry experience. Each apprentice will then be placed in a role within a specific ministry and work with the ministry department head to help within the context of that ministry according to the level of experience and ability displayed. Each department head will in turn provide feedback to the apprentice, program pastor and mentor as to the apprentice’s progress and training needs.
If you’re interested in the program, reside in the Medina County area, and are a member of Cornerstone Chapel, the next step is to complete and submit an application packet. Each candidate is individually and prayerfully considered by Pastoral staff on whether this is the right place for the student. For more information, please contact the Church Office (330) 723-3334.